Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This committee works to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, engaging in activities that promote the profession in the pipeline, promoting recruitment of diverse professionals, and developing diverse individuals within the profession.

Chair
Office of the District Attorney...
225 Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 320
Jackson, TN 38301
(731)423-5805
Immediate Past Chair
HCA
2501 Park Plaza
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)344-1450
Vice-Chair
City of Memphis Law Division
125 N. Main Street, Room 336
Memphis, TN 38103
(901)636-6573

Incoming Law Deans More Diverse Than Ever

A wave of women and people of color have been named to law school deanships in recent months, Law.com reports. Just in the past week, Stetson University College of Law and the University of Cincinnati elevated African-American women to dean, a first for both schools. At Stanford Law School, longtime professor Jenny Martinez, who is Hispanic, will assume the deanship in April, and G. Marcus Cole, who is black, is slated to become the first nonwhite dean of the Notre Dame University Law School this summer, among other notable hires. Observers within the legal academy say that targeted mentorship, an increase in minority law professors throughout the academy and events such as this week’s Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference are filling the pipeline of diverse candidates for leadership positions.
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Underrepresented Students Explore Career Opportunities at UTK Law Program

A group of nearly 70 Knoxville high school students from underrepresented groups recently heard a presentation from Sawyers Belk, attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, about the career opportunities that exist with a legal degree. The event was a part of the Diversity Pipeline Program. Over the course of the students’ day-long visit, they attended a typical law class with criminal law Professor Joy Radice, engaged in a question and answer session with current students, learned about resources that aid student success, and heard from alumni about how to avoid common pitfalls in their careers.
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